CIVIL WAR II, REBIRTH & 5 Weeks Gives Comic Book Sales a Big Boost in June

Marvel June 2016 cover
Credit: Marvel Comics
Credit: Marvel Comics

Marvel's Civil War II, DC's "Rebirth," and an extra shipping week in June helped Direct Market comic book sales make big gains over the same month last year, and cut the year-to-date 2016 versus 2015 deficit by more than half. 

According to data released by Diamond Comic Distributors Friday morning, Civil War II #1 was the best-selling comic book in June, Batman #1 was the second best-selling title, and Image's Saga Vol. 6 was the best-selling graphic novel. 

Marvel led both Market Share categories as usual, 40.08% in Dollar and 44.17% in units, but also had a huge advantage over its closest rival DC, releasing 154 new titles to the market compared to DC's even 100. 

Credit: Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

But the good news for comic book retailers is the Marvel and DC events helped push overall sales up 20% versus June 2015 and more than 30% over May 2016, helping ease the negative 2016 sales trend against 2015. 

Year-to-date through May, sales in 2016 were down 5.11%. Through June that figure is now down to 2.42%. Of course June's 20% rise was partially due to June having five shipping weeks this year as opposed to four last year. Look for some correction next month when July 2016's sales for four weeks will be compared to July 2015's five weeks. 

The June 2016 Market ShareComparative Sales Data, and New Titles Shipped charts, along with Top 10 Comic Books and Top 10 Graphic Novels charts follow below.


TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

RETAIL MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.08%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

29.93%

IMAGE COMICS

7.88%

IDW PUBLISHING

5.22%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.81%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.23%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.45%

TITAN COMICS

1.09%

VIZ MEDIA

0.97%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.75%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

7.58%

 

UNIT MARKET SHARE

PUBLISHER

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

44.17%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

31.69%

IMAGE COMICS

7.64%

IDW PUBLISHING

4.15%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.18%

DARK HORSE COMICS

1.76%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.17%

TITAN COMICS

1.07%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

0.84%

ONI PRESS INC.

0.55%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

4.79%


NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

112

42

0

154

DC ENTERTAINMENT

69

30

1

100

IDW PUBLISHING

56

27

0

83

IMAGE COMICS

57

16

1

74

DARK HORSE COMICS

23

25

0

48

BOOM ENTERTAINMENT

24

9

0

33

TITAN COMICS

23

6

3

32

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

22

4

0

26

VIZ MEDIA

0

23

0

23

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT LLC

9

3

0

12

OTHER NON-TOP 10

141

149

29

319

 


COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

 

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2016 VS. MAY 2016

COMICS

34.90%

37.59%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

25.16%

49.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

31.77%

38.59%

JUNE 2016 VS. JUNE 2015

COMICS

23.06%

19.75%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

14.37%

17.55%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

20.26%

19.55%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2016 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2015

COMICS

-3.84%

-8.38%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.58%

6.30%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.73%

-7.26%

SECOND QUARTER 2016 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2016

COMICS

18.04%

18.05%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

12.48%

17.06%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

16.22%

17.96%

SECOND QUARTER 2016 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2015

COMICS

-4.21%

-7.71%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

1.69%

0.80%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.42%

-7.02%

 

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

CIVIL WAR II #1

$5.99

MAR

2

BATMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

3

BATMAN REBIRTH #1  [*]

$2.99

DC

4

STAR WARS: HAN SOLO #1

$3.99

MAR

5

CIVIL WAR II #2

$4.99

MAR

6

DARK KNIGHT III: the MASTER RACE #5

$5.99

DC

7

DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: THE LAST CRUSADE #1

$6.99

DC

8

SUPERMAN REBIRTH #1  [*]

$2.99

DC

9

WONDER WOMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

DC

10

SUPERMAN #1 [*]

$2.99

DC


TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

VENDOR

1

SAGA VOLUME 6 TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

2

DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY HC (MR)

$22.99

DC

3

SEX CRIMINALS VOL. 3: THREE THE HARD WAY TP (MR)

$14.99

IMA

4

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS VOL. 1: FINALS CRISIS TP

$9.99

DC

5

COLOR YOUR OWN YOUNG MARVEL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG TP

$9.99

MAR

6

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL EDITION HC

$17.99

DC

7

PREACHER BOOK 1 TP (MR)

$19.99

DC

8

OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA VOL. 3: LITTLE LIGHT (MR)

$14.99

IMA

9

HARLEY QUINN VOL. 3: KISS KISS BANG STAB TP

$16.99

DC

10

NEIL GAIMAN'S HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES HC

$17.99

DAR


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